ST5545 : Gatehouse to Bishop's Palace, Wells

taken 3 years ago, near to Wells, Somerset, Great Britain

Gatehouse to Bishop's Palace, Wells
Gatehouse to Bishop's Palace, Wells
The fourteenth-century gatehouse, boundary wall and bridge are Grade I listed, see LinkExternal link
The Bishop's Palace, Wells

The Bishop's Palace and accompanying Bishop’s House at Wells is adjacent to Wells Cathedral and has been the home of the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building (English Heritage ID:483259 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

The building was begun around 1210 by Bishop Jocelin of Wells but principally dates from 1230. The chapel and great hall were added by Bishop Robert Burnell between 1275 and 1292. The walls, gatehouse and moat were added in the 14th century by Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury. The Bishop’s House was added in the 15th century by Bishop Thomas Beckington. The great hall later fell into disrepair and was partially demolished around 1830.

The palace was originally surrounded by a medieval deer park. When the walls were built streams were diverted to form the moat as a reservoir. In the 1820s the grounds within the walls were planted and laid out as pleasure grounds by Bishop George Law, who created a reflecting pond near the springs. Parts of the buildings are still used as a residence by the current bishop, however much of the palace is now used for public functions and as a tourist attraction.

LinkExternal link The Bishop’s Palace website
LinkExternal link Wikipedia

Grade I and Category A listed buildings and structures

Grade I listed buildings and structures are of exceptional, even international importance. There are over 6,000 in the country. Only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I listed.
In Scotland the classification is Category A
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Date Taken
Friday, 16 November, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 21 January, 2021
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Place (from Tags)
Wells 
Primary Subject of Photo
Gatehouse 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5512 4576 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:12.5563N 2:38.6312W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 55077 45774
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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